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Ohio School Apologizes After Banning Afro Puffs, Braids

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Ohio's Horizon Science Academy has issued an apology letter after banning "afro puffs" and "small twisted braids." The draft of the upcoming 2013-2014 dress code was sent to parents earlier this week and was met with accusations of singling out African American students. The blogger Black Girl With Long Hair summarizes:

"Afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail (when pulled back our hair puffs out instead of laying down), and yet the rules do not have a ban on ponytails for students of other ethnicities...

The dress code restrictions highlight an age-old struggle that naturals face from both within and outside of the black community. Our hair is viewed as radical, funky or unruly in its natural state, and restrictions are sometimes placed on us in academic and professional settings that do not extend to our non-black counterparts."

In response to concerns, Horizon has assured the community that they "apologize for any offense" and that they "are currently taking the necessary steps to correct the information and to prevent this from ever happening again." An updated version of the dress code is forthcoming. [TheGloss, via Black Girl Long Hair]

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· Gucci is launching a "Made to Measure" fragrance, fronted once again by brand go-to James Franco. [WWD]

· A new study found that we are actually less attractive than we think we are. Apparently we "prefer an idealized version of ourselves"–which is why we groom our social profiles so carefully. Can we get a sepia-tinted filter to hide our disappointment, please? [Refinery29]—Alyssa Carroll